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Lack of Windows 8 apps blamed for Microsoft chief's departure

Software developers can make or break an operating system. Apparently they can also make or break a career.

As you've probably heard, Microsoft's Windows Division president Steven Sinofsky resigned suddenly on Monday, the reasons for which have yet to be fully disclosed. One theory: not enough action in the Windows 8 app store.

According to the New York Times, Sinofsky frequently butted heads with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, especially on the subject of software:

"Mr. Ballmer was also frustrated by the relatively sparse selection of applications available for Windows 8. Mr. Ballmer has long been an advocate of the importance of independent developers in making Windows successful."

Sure enough, the Windows Store is home to some 10,000 Windows 8 apps, a paltry number compared with the millions available for earlier versions of Windows and the 700,000-plus available for both Android and iOS.

Whether or not this was indeed a factor in Sinofsky's departure, a dearth of apps could prove frustrating for a mobile worker who lacks the tools he or she needs while traveling. However, there's actually an easy workaround for nearly any there's-no-app-for-that situation: remote access software.

For example, suppose you have a Windows laptop that's not compatible with an older but still important piece of company software. With a program like LogMeIn Free, you can use that laptop—any laptop—to connect to your office PC and run the program remotely.

Likewise, if you're carrying an iPad or Android tablet and need to use a program that has no app equivalent, just fire up the LogMeIn app, which affords similar remote-PC connectivity and control.

Maybe if Sinosky had made the case for remote-access software, he wouldn't have felt compelled to leave. It really is a surefire way around any app issues on nearly any OS.

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